He was a world champion twice and a heavyweight champion twice. Benoit is just one of a handful of people who got the Big Gold Belt in both the WWE and WCW.
In addition to his championships, he also won the Royal Rumble match, joining only one other person as one of a couple men who entered as number one. He was considered a favorite by WWE fans for his amazing wrestling ability and athleticism. He was considered to be one of the most gifted, respected, and popular wrestlers in history.
He killed his family on June 22, 2007, and he then committed suicide by hanging on June 24, 2007. Since the time of his suicide, there have been several reasons for his choices, and they have included a failing marriage, steroid abuse, and brain damage.
The police entered his home on June 25, 2007 after many missed appointments, and it was leading to some concerns. The officers found the bodies of himself and his family at 2:30 PM. When investigating it, there were no further suspects thought to be responsible by authorities. It was confirmed that Benoit had carried out the killings.
Over a period of three days, Benoit killed his family prior to hanging himself. He bound his wife before the murder. He drugged his son and he was unconscious before he strangled him. Benoit then killed himself using a weight machine.
There were three separate drugs in his wife’s system at the time of her death, and they were hydromorphone, hydrocodone, and Xanax. They were all at therapeutic levels, and not at toxic levels. The son was discovered to have Xanax inside him before he was murdered, which led police to think that he had been drugged before his murder.
Benoit had a lot of different drugs in his system, and they included elevated levels of testosterone, hydrocodone, and Xanax. A synthetic kind of testosterone was found inside him.
Benoit clearly had mental problems, and it was thought that he had a kind of dementia, much like the brains of NFL players who suffer concussions repeatedly and then sink into a depression later on. His father suggested that brain damage could be responsible for the crime. His son was privately cremated, but it’s not known what happened to the ashes.
There are a lot of NFL players and professional wrestlers that deal with concussions and sometimes deal with the effects for a long time afterward. These serious, high-impact sports are dangerous to some participants, and the long-term effects of repetitive head injuries can cause mental problems.
It was an incredibly horrific death, especially because he was so popular, well-loved, and talented, but also because his small son was murdered. It was particularly difficult for everyone to deal with because it involved the murder of a whole family and a famous person that everyone already knew about did it, and it forced the public to confront it.